Kilian, Cassis

Dr. Cassis Kilian

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Research project
Humour as an Epistemic Practice of the Political Present [NoJoke]

Personal data
Cassis Kilian is a research fellow within the project NoJoke, led by Mirco Göpfert. She worked for more than twenty years as an actress before receiving her Ph.D. in anthropology from the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in 2011.

Main research interests

- Humour and comedy as epistemic practices
- Heuristic and methodology of anthropological and artistic research
- Ontology and epistemology / phenomenological approaches in anthropology
- Anthropology of the senses and emotions, anthropology and art, cosmopolitanism


2023   If only the Führer knew: Vernacular Cosmopolitanism in Berlin's Anglophone Comedy Clubs. Working Papers of the Department of Anthropology and African Studies of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz 201: 1–16.

2021Attention in Performance: Acting Lessons in Sensory Anthropology. Anthropological Studies of Creativity and Perception. Serienherausgeber: Tim Ingold. London: Routledge.

2019(mit Jan Beek und Matthias Krings) Mapping out an anthropology of defrauding and faking. Social Anthropology 27(3): 425–437.

2018Exploring Sensory Memories: Acting Lessons for Anthropologists. Teaching Anthropology – A journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 8(1): 3–11.

2018I would prefer not to: Dilemmas in Collaboration. Collaborative Anthropologies 10(1-2): 95–123.

2018Il faut que ça saigne! Quelques réflexions sur la science-fiction de Jean-Pierre Bekolo. In: Viviane Azarian, Ute Fendler and Aminata C. Mbaye (Hg.): L'Archéologie du Futur: Cinémas Africains et Utopies. München: AVM Edition, 173–192.

2017Films We Live By: Plädoyer für eine emphatische Medienethnologie. Baessler- Archiv. Beiträge zur Völkerkunde 64: 125–137.

2017Human Sounds, Resonances and the Paper in between. In: Caroline Gatt (Hg.): The Voices of the Pages (as part of the project: Knowing from the Inside: Anthropology, Art, Architecture and Design). Aberdeen: University of Aberdeen, 93–101.

2015(mit Emil Abossolo Mbo): Rhythms of Global Urbanisation: Exploring Cosmopolitan Competences. Anthropological Journal of European Cultures 24(2): 97–116.

2014Post-colonial Experiments: The appropriation of 'white roles' in African film. In: Lucy Michael and Samantha Schulz (Hg.): Unsettling Whiteness. Leiden: Brill, 231–240.

2013Worth a Closer Look: A comparative study of Xala and Osuofia in London. Journal of African Cinemas 5(1): 55–71.

2013Der Patriarch als Anachronismus im postkolonialen Afrika: Ousmane Sembène, Makhourédia Guèye und Bertolt Brecht. edition text+kritik: Film-Konzepte 32: 88–122.

2012Schwarz besetzt: Postkoloniale Planspiele im afrikanischen Film. Bielefeld: Transcript.

2010Glimmering Utopias: 50 Years of African Film. Africa Spectrum 45(3): 50 Years of Independence in Africa: 147–159.

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